Featured Card of the Day

Featured Card of the Day – 2 of Wands – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Faye Osman

Website: StudioMimosa.com

Keywords

Creation, keenness, perseverance, progress, readiness

Artist’s Statement

“The acrobatic performer is perfecting her ribbon routine, which is elaborate and creative. The planet behind her signifies the skills and techniques she is familiar with. However, in order for her to succeed, she has to get out of her comfort zone. The frontiers of space and the distance stars represents new uncharted territories that she must discover in order to perfect and master her craft.”

Card Meaning

A masked circus performer perfects her act – spinning the wands she needs for her elaborate, acrobatic, ribbon dance. But she gazes away – from her vantage point, she can see the vast cosmos, and it calls to her. The distant stars and planets represent the worlds open to her and potential she could reach. Even distracted, her performance is flawless – her skill is such that she could do this in her sleep, and the challenges offered to her tease her creative ambitions.

This card represents the manifestation of inspiration – the flash is gone, but the fire still burns. Some achievements have been made, but there is still a wide, creative world to explore. It is time to stop thinking in the short term, to ready yourself and make the decision to leave our comfort zone and push yourself further.

Astrolological Element & Sign

Fire / Aries, Leo, Sagittarius

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Featured Card of the Day – King of Pentacles – 78 Tarot Carnival ~ Cirque du Tarot

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Artist: Pierre Carles

Website: PierreCarles.com

Keywords

Successful, stable, controlled, powerful, hardworking’

Artist’s Statement

“When I was asked to create the King of Pentacles, this immediately took me back to my childhood. I was born in Nice, home to the first-ever recorded Carnival, and as a child, my late grandmother used to take care of my brother and I on Wednesdays, when school was off. Whenever Carnival time came, she was always the one who would take us along, following the “Corso” among people cheering, dancing and throwing confetti. This is the kind of atmosphere that I tried to revive here, where the King of Pentacles is depicted as King Carnival. My late grandmother used to bring us so many sweets, cookies and delicious cakes all the time that we ended up nicknaming her “Mémé Gateaux”. Literally, “Cookie Granny”. She died twenty-two years ago now, but she has been on my mind for every minute I painted this piece. Thank you again for our childhood, Mémé Gateaux.”

Card Meaning

A carnival procession marches along a European medieval street. A giant cardboard King sits on a throne, pulled along by two bulls, honoring and scoffing at a local ruler. Under one of his arms is a gold pentacle, he holds a staff in the other hand, on top of which is a golden star. The entire town has come out to celebrate and cheer for the procession, throwing confetti and marching along.

This card represents the archetypal King Midas figure, successful and self-assured, money just seems to flow to him. But what’s not obvious is how hard he has worked to achieve his wealth and success. It comes easily now, but prosperity isn’t something that he’ll ever expect or take for granted.

Astrological Association & Element

Earth / Taurs, Virgo, Capricorn

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Featured Card of the Day – 7 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Ralf Straaberg

Website: Strain.dk

Keywords

Deception, duplicity, stealth, dishonor, stealing away

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Seven swords – five in the eye-patch, two in the earrings.

Being two-faced. My meaning is the duality – betrayal and face the fear, mental challenge. I especially had the reverse meaning in mind when I did the card. It spoke to me and was something I could relate to. The dark side is the fear and the voices saying you can’t – and the girl is the positive side, believe and you can. You can read a lot into this card, from being afraid to facing the music, being a lone wolf or covering your tracks. I added the lunar symbols associated with the card in the head chain – Sun, Moon, Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Mercury and Neptune.”

A face stares out – one half is a beautiful pirate, with two Swords for earrings, the other side shows a death mask. Her bandana is tattered and torn on this side, there are five swords on the patch over her eye and her blonde hair is tangled and blackened. This is the dark face of betrayal and deception showing through the beauty. Her face looks sad – but sadness that she has been wronged, or that she has been found out?

This card advises that trying to get away with deception never works – the truth will come out, the thief will be caught. Keeping secrets will come back to haunt you, the easy path will eventually create more work, even that you should ask for help rather than go along a path you can’t come back from.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – Queen of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Becca Turner

Website: FantasyandFae.com

Keywords

Indpendent, composed, demanding, intelligent, free-thinking

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Queen of Swords sits on a stone throne. The blue coloring of the card suggests a cold, stoic character – almost detached. She is not without emotion; rather she blends emotion with mentality and com passionate and understanding in her judgment of others. This is depicted by the sky meeting the sea. The clouds on the horizon of a clear sky symbolize the ability to keep her head above confusion. The bird flying high in the sky represents the high ideals of the Queen, her desire for freedom and the need for a break from obligations. Her jewel-adorned crown carries a double-edged sword pointing to the sky, symbolic of her razor-sharp mind. The swordfish leaping out of the sea relates to the Queen’s relationship with others. She is well-respected, authoritative and independent.”

A dark-haired mermaid sits on a stone throne; an upright sword adorns her crown. A swordfish jumps out of the water to greet her, her only companion. The sky is clear, apart from a couple of wispy clouds, above which a bird soars, symbolizing her purity of intent, and her focus on matters of the mind over matters of the heart. She is distant, but not cold. A butterfly floats close to the mermaid, she reaches her hand towards it, offering her wisdom to it, and the swordfish with her.

The Queen of Swords represents the need to experience emotions but not let them affect decisions or judgment. She roots out all the facts of a situation in order to best decide a course of action, and she is not easily fooled.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – 4 of Swords – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Enys Guerrero

Website: None Given

Keywords

Reflection, healing, rest, temprorary withdrawal

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“Since the beginning, I felt the symbolism of this card that fits perfectly with the type of things that inspire me, so I fell in love right away on the meaning behind it. In the card we can see a girl lying down on a coast, carrying four heavy swords; this represents a period of rest and recovery. The blood on her face and in one of the swords, tell us about a past period of challenges. I’ve tried to draw a calm ocean that symbolizes the meditation and need of spending time in a calm atmosphere. However, she’s also holding one sword in her hand, preparing herself for her next step. This denotes that the challenges will come back to our lives as soon s we’re prepared to face them.”

A maiden by the sea clutches four swords to her chest as she rests after a hard battle. She has come here for respite, and distance from her troubles. The sea behind her is calm, but grey clouds on the horizon show us that new trials will arise. Even at rest, she clasps one of the swords in her hand, a bloody sword that has already seen her through tough times and will do so again. But with time to regain a sense of self, she can face those challenges on her own terms.

This card shows a temporary respite, before you have to get back to the task, or battle, at hand. A time to rest, to contemplate and recharge your mental and spiritual batteries before you get right back to it.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Gemini, Libra, Aquarius

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Featured Card of the Day – The Fool – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Stephanie Pui-Min Law

Website: Shadowscapes.com

Keywords

Beginning a journey, innocence, living for now

Artist’s Interpretation & Card Meaning

“The Fool walks across the rolling surface of the ocean. She wears a white shift, sea foam and purity. She is unafraid, or perhaps just completely unaware of just how precious her path is. Such blithe trust in the surety of her footing must either be true innocence of the unknown dangers the world can present (the lurking Leviathans, and the shadowy, watery depths), or a willful desire to flaunt her faith in the face of such knowledge. She strolls across the water weeds, one foot before the other, eyes cast to the vault of the sky and the endless possibilities she sees before her. A dragonfly gazes back. It knows a bit of the path she has chosen, for it is a creature of both land and air, and it carries wisdom of transformation and adaptation. Perhaps it hopes that she will notice and hear its silent words. The fish swarm and roll in the waves, nibbling at the water-weed stems, casting her pathway adrift and unmoored.”

The Fool is wonderfully innocent of danger ahead and below. Unburdened, she steps, determined but delicate, across the path of lily pads and weeds that lie before her; open to the adventures and joy that her journey will bring. Her path becomes more precarious the further she goes, but she is unaware, or simply uncaring. The next pad is floating free, but her attention is elsewhere, on the dragonfly before her, a companion, possibly a guide. Will she heed his warning? Will the lily pad support her? The only way to know is to take that step…

This card represents a new beginning, with the potential for great personal growth. The knowledge you have gained so far may help you in the future, but it has taken you as far as it can go for now.

Astrological Association & Element

Air / Uranus

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Featured Card of the Day – King of Cups – 78 Tarot Nautical/Tarot of the Water

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Artist: Anja Uhren

Website: AnjaUhren.com

Keywords

Sensitive, balanced, calm, compassionate, wise, in control

Artist’s Interpreation & Card Meaning

“It’s one of those cards that already has such nautical associations I didn’t really have to get that creative with him. Usually very composed, floating on his throne in a turbulent ocean holding his cup and scepter in both hands. The fish is a very important element for this card as well as the fact that it is so calm and composed which I tried to emphasize with the composition.”

The sea is dark and turbulent, but the King sits on his throne, unphased and unruffled. A fish amulet hangs from his neck, and another is carved on his marble throne. A full, large cup sits in his hand, a trident in the other. Despite the turbulence of the water around him, the water in his cup is still. The fish represents emotion, spirit and creativity, the amulet at his neck illustrating that he harnesses these and is in control of them, his trident is another symbol of his power.

The King of Cups is in complete control of his emotions, using them rather than letting them make his decisions for him. He can connect to them when necessary, giving him compassion and understanding of others, but remains calm in the face of any crisis.

Astrological Association & Element

Water / Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces

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